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From the President
Many of our new students are really "fresh"

Jo Young Switzer

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ONE OF THE GREAT PARTS OF MY WORK is meeting with alums and friends across the country. Recently,
I met in Texas with Dr. David B. Hatcher '39, who came to Manchester College because his parents told him he would. He was the first person from his large, extended family to attend college.

With a solid undergraduate education in
chemistry here and with strong encouragement
from Dr. Carl W. Holl '16, Hatcher went on to
complete a Ph.D. in engineering at Purdue
University. Over his lifetime, he has worked in
the chemical industry and built a company that
is now publically traded. He told me: "I could
not have accomplished what I have professionally without my Manchester degree."

A 2010 graduate recently wrote to a professor here, saying, "You have no idea the impact your mentoring has had on my education and life in general. You're a large part of the reason I am where I am now."

He was the first in his family to attend college, also.

Year after year, about a fourth of our students are "first-generation"
college students, the first in their families to enroll in studies past high school. Their presence on campus is not new for Manchester; we always have welcomed and challenged and stretched these students. Each day, I watch faculty and staff members work with first-generation students and their families to navigate higher education. I see faculty quietly assuring parents that they will watch out for their sons and daughters in class. I see our Success Center in the College Union come to life each evening with students who are taking advantage of a valuable academic safety net of study tables and aids, skills tutoring and workshops, and attentive counseling.

This fall issue of Manchester magazine celebrates the ways Manchester College is carrying on its commitment to all students, including those whose families are new to higher education.


In this issue
Many of our new students are really "fresh"
from the president

Peace Garden
In the name of the founder of the oldest peace studies program

Starting from scratch
Low-income, first-gen college students overcome barriers

Amazing online classes and gizmos

Everybody's talking
about Manchester

College guides find MC a great place to study, work, succeed

Philanthropy 101
A multi-million- dollar estate gift

Profiles of ability and conviction

Alumni families share campus photo collections


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